Spiced leek, potato & lentil soup

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This spiced leek, potato & lentil soup gives a tasty twist on the traditional Vichyssoise and is delicious served with either warm crusty bread, or authentic Indian naan bread too!

Serves: 4

Ready in: 25 minutes

Costs: 90p per serving



1 tbsp cumin seeds

40g/1½oz butter

4 medium leeks, trimmed and sliced

thumb-size piece fresh root ginger, peeled then grated

handful fresh coriander, stalks finely chopped

1 fat red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1 large (250g/9oz) Maris Piper or King Edward potato, peeled and thinly sliced

175g/6oz split red lentils

1 litre/1¾ pints chicken or vegetable stock

300ml/½ pint semi-skimmed milk

4 tbsp half fat crème fraiche or creamy yogurt, to serve



1 Put a large saucepan over a medium heat then add the cumin seeds. Cook for 2 minutes, or until toasty and fragrant. Set ½ tsp aside for later.

2 Add the butter to the pan, let it melt and sizzle around the cumin, then stir in the leeks, ginger, coriander stalks and most of the chilli. Cover and let the flavours sweat together for 5 minutes.

3 Stir in the potato and lentils, then the stock and milk. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes, or until the lentils are soft.

4 Blitz the soup in the saucepan using a stick blender, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls, add a swirl of crème fraiche or yogurt, then scatter with the reserved chilli, toasted cumin and coriander leaves. Enjoy with warm naan bread.

Recipe by:  British Leeks

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22nd Sep 2016
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Lovely recipes but I have tried several times to print wirelessly from my iPad but to no avail. When I try to email it, the button just goes round and round and fails to download. What is going on?
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I have just tested the Print option and it seems to work fine. Can you usually successfully print form your iPad wirelessly? Could it be your wifi connection your end?
Kiara 14
21st Sep 2016
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I use MyFitnessPall too If you just quote homemade soup and type the calories will automatically come up.
My first look at this side of silver surfers and Yum these soups look delicious I can't wait to try them out for myself xx
14th Feb 2015
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Hello Ruth -I use a site called Myfitnesspal to keep a check on my calories. If you put the ingredients in it'll give you the calories and nutrition values
20th Feb 2014
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Sounds delicious but any chance of you adding a calorie count to this and all future recipes?
20th Feb 2014
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Hello Ruth ... glad you like the recipe ... we will do our best, but as we don't always originate the recipe we are reliant on in this instance British Leeks, and they did not provide the calorific values 🙁
Jay Keval
11th Feb 2014
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This soup is awesome, yummy! You should try it. It will cheer you up.
11th Feb 2014
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Thanks Jay .. so glad you like it 🙂
Lisa White
4th Feb 2014
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What a Lovely Soup Recipe , I really enjoyed it. I used half a Red Chilli in mine.
I also make a similar version, substituting leak and potato and Lentils for 1 and a Half lbs of unpeeled Roasted Butternut Squash or Pumpkin, and instead of Cumin Seeds I use a Tablespoon of Mild Korma Curry Powder. The rest of the Recipe is the same. Just drizzle Olive Oil on the deseeded Squash or Pumpkin and Roast until soft or boil its up to you.. Put the stock, milk, chopped corriander stalks, grated ginger, and chilli in a saucepan and cook for 15 mins with the Roasted Butternut Squash or Pumpkin and blend in a whizzer. If it is too thic and more milk but we love it really thick. Try it and let me know if you like it. My friends absolutely love it with Cheesy Garlic Bread or a good Crusty Bread spread with cream cheese .
Wendy Benzies
7th May 2013
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Wendy Watts
21st Mar 2013
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Going to try this , sounds yummy x

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